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Reporting Russia’s war in Ukraine

Why has the invasion generated such extensive coverage by Western outlets and on social media?

The intensive media coverage of Russia’s war in Ukraine has rallied global public opinion behind Ukraine, while also resulting in accusations of Western bias. 

In London, the New Statesman’s editor-in-chief, Jason Cowley, joins Emily Tamkin and Katie Stallard in Washington, DC, to discuss how coverage of the war has differed from other conflicts and the ways in which people in Russia are accessing information. 

The team then look at how the war is shaping domestic and international politics in Europe and beyond, and whether we are witnessing a “Zeitenwende”, meaning a turning point in history.

In You Ask Us, a listener asks if Russia would have invaded Ukraine if Donald Trump was still US president, or did his behaviour towards the UN, Nato and energy pave the way for Russian invasion?

Further reading:

Emily Tamkin writes: Biden isn’t being ideological on Ukraine, and that’s a good thing.

Jason Cowley’s book, Who Are We Now? Stories of Modern England

Katie Stallard argues there can be no more illusions about the nature of Putin’s rule – he is a war criminal.

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